Movies to Inspire

Movies are a great way to share stories.

The Murray Center for Women in Technology at NJIT is collaborating with other departments and programs across the campus to deliver a year of powerful movies and documentaries about women and related movements. Everyone at NJIT is invited and encouraged to attend. 

Sharing movies is a start, but we want to continue the conversation. With every movie we show, we will post information about the movie, related links, questions or prompts, and a comments section. At the Murray Center we support a safe conversation environment. Inappropriate comments that are not productive, such as hate speech, advertising, and comments about others with personal identifiers, will be removed by the moderators. 


September 19, 2018 Screening of Dolores

Dolores Screening at NJIT


Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.  


Discussion Topics

Respond in the comments section below. Murray Center for Women in Technology reserve the right to moderate inappropriate comments including but not limited to hate speech, discrimination, and advertising.

1. What lessons can we learn from Dolores's story about the power of grassroots organizing, the power of protest , and the power of one person's voice to motivate people to create change?

2. Are male leaders of social movements held to the same standards as women? Why or why not?

3. Think of an activist or organizer who is an inspiration for you. What drew them to activism? Do ethnic, national, religious, gender, or other identities shape their work?

4. What social movements would you like to see activated here at NJIT?